Talcum Powder Litigation

Talcum Powder Litigation

For more than 100 years, Johnson & Johnson’s products have been integral to millions of Americans’ lives. From Baby Powder to Shower-to-Shower, to lotion and myriad other skin products, the company has been entrusted with customers’ health and well-being.

But mounting evidence suggests that Johnson & Johnson’s talc-containing products, namely Shower-to-Shower and Baby Powder, can have dangerous effects when applied to the genitals regularly for many years’ time. Specifically, hundreds of women – or their surviving family members – have come forth alleging that the use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products causes ovarian cancer.

Hundreds of Lawsuits Filed Against Johnson & Johnson

There are currently hundreds of lawsuits pending against the Baby Powder maker, in multiple states across the nation. Some lawsuits have already been settled; earlier this year, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay a whopping $72 million to the family of a woman whose ovarian cancer was caused by more than 35 years’ worth of use of the company’s feminine hygiene products. The company was found liable on the grounds of negligence, fraud, and conspiracy, with claims that Johnson & Johnson knew of the risks of their talcum powders dating as far back as the 1980s.

Other plaintiffs have not experienced the same level of success; in 2013, a jury in Sioux Falls, South Dakota acknowledged that talcum powder was a factor in the plaintiff’s development of ovarian cancer, yet awarded no damages.

What You Need to Know About Talcum Powder and Litigation

As the number of lawsuits over talcum powder rise, questions about whether or not the powder is safe for use are raised. According to a 1971 study published in Wales, the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer is real (scientists found particles of talc in tumor cells). More recent studies also support the link, with a study published in 2016 concluding that African American women who apply talcum powder to their genitals or underwear are at a 44 percent increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. At least 10 studies have supported the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer.

Those who believe that their ovarian cancer developed as a direct result of their use of talcum powder have filed suit against the company, alleging that:

  • Johnson & Johnson knew of the risks of talcum powder, yet continued to market its products regardless;
  • Johnson & Johnson failed to provide adequate warning and did not disclose any known risks; and
  • Johnson & Johnson intentionally hid knowledge they had regarding the risks of using talcum powder.

As the hundreds of lawsuits progress, it is likely that the company will be liable for hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to victims and their families. While damages paid are economic in nature – compensating victims for things like medical bills and funeral expenses – the company has also been held liable (and will likely be held liable in the future) for noneconomic damages, like victims’ pain and suffering. Punitive damages, which are designed to punish the company for its egregious actions and gross negligence, are also likely.

What to Do If You Think You May Have a Case

If you are a woman who has used Shower-to-Shower or/and Baby Powder for many years on a regular basis, applying the powders to your underwear or directly to your genitals, and you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you may have a lawsuit. Our experienced talcum powder litigation attorneys can guide you through everything you need to know about filing a claim, how to prove causation and damages, and what to expect throughout the process. For a free case consultation, call Clay, Massey & Associates, P.C. at (251) 433-1000.

2019-08-05T13:27:58-05:00January 24th, 2017|Personal Injury Law|